About this project
While D is for Dragon will be available as a print on demand book, the cost is going to be greater than it should be. With any printing, the cost of each individual book goes down the more you order, essentially it's a bulk discount model. With your help, we can make an order large enough to bring the cost of full color books down to affordable ranges and reward everyone with their own copy of their own.
We also want to make the project available in other formats, since not everyone has kids or will want a physical copy. We are offering a comic version and an E-book version for e-readers and PCs, so we can make sure everyone can enjoy this work.
In modern publishing percentages are very low and the marketplace is afraid of risk. Creative works like this have a hard time landing with the right publisher and might never see the light of day. We think D is for Dragon deserves to be read by kids and adults everywhere, but that won't happen without your help. Join us in making this crazy fantasy into an awesome reality!
The book is illustrated by Noah Latz, you can go see his work at http://justaddspace.tumblr.com/ and i really suggest you do, it's amazing stuff. D is for Dragon is his first collaboration. Illustrated in elegant ink and painted in vibrant watercolor, this eye popping work takes readers on a alphabet guided fantasy following the exploits of three adventurers on their quest to stop the Vampire King. The content, while swashbuckling, is free of blood or non-cartoon violence. The aim is a target audience of 4 years and up with nothing that would fail to make it into a G-rated movie. There may be spooky skeletons and fierce dragons but our focus is always on representing them with whimsy, elegance, and magic. Cute-ification of the setting is an important part in the production of every panel.
However, for the adults reading this book there is much to enjoy. Noah's work is powerful fantasy illustration with heart and moxie that makes it a treat to look at. Any one of his panels would make just as good of a poster as a page. Beyond that, the book is steeped in the essential humor and whimsy of a fantasy adventure. The art you are seeing is all finished pages from D is for Dragon, prior to text layout. Our format is a 30 page book with a total of 28 illustrations (the letters plus backer pages in the front and back). The total number of pages may go up as required but – since its an alphabet book – the number of total illustrations is likely to remain the same. The book will be perfect bound with a soft cover in a smaller 7.5” square size to make it in line with common children's books.
Why Back this Project?
At a point in my life too young to know my age, my Grandparents read me a dinosaur book. I don't remember the name of this book. I don't remember the narrative, the characters, or action. I remember the color and the shape of what seemed like magical creatures. They were tight, dark, ink lined monsters brought to life by lovingly crafted detail. I could tell you this same story for other books that have come to be dear to me as an adult, but for this lost dinosaur book I will always have a soft spot. For me, this was where Fantasy began. Throughout my life I have had many other moments of discovery that have caused me to produce, consume, and love works of fantasy but this children's book will always be there in some vestigial sense.
Now, maybe you are not the nerdiest person on your block. maybe you are confused by the thought that someone would want to fixate on dragons, adventures and “kid” stuff well into their adult years. On the other hand, maybe you are waiting for me to make a joke about my THAC0. Either way, I am sure you have seen how children and adults can be sucked in to beautifully presented and lighthearted fantasy. This project is for you. We want to make this book a reality, but slapping it on an online publisher is not enough. The children's literature market is a cutthroat place. Profit margins for these kind of books are extremely low, much of the time and due to their format – all color, small shape, often specialized paper – they are expensive to produce. We could take this beautiful idea and relegate it to a cheaper format, or we could take the mark up and sell them for far too much money on a vanity press. We would rather take a risk and make this into something really special.
What we need is a large enough investment to make a good format financially viable. Once we can produce books, not in the tens, but in the hundreds or thousands, we can bring the price of each book down while still guaranteeing the quality this project deserves. We are not a large publisher, and getting the eye of one is as predictable as winning the lottery. If we want this fantasy to become a reality we must do it ourselves. But we also cannot do it without your help.
Risks and challenges
With any project there is risk, but thankfully some of the most common ones will not be factors for us. We don't need to worry about monetizing a concept, set up and business space concerns, or many other worries that plague business start-ups. Production of the books is going to be handled by a third party publisher who has already tackled these concerns. The book is also already written and edited so no concern that the project is unworkable.
The challenges we will face are artwork, typesetting and layout, and production and shipping. As for the artwork, the pictures here attest that we have a solid beginning. The project is already 25% complete in terms of fully inked and painted pages and at our current rate we estimate it will be done by mid June of 2016. We will be updating weekly with more pages as they are finished. For type setting and layout we already have a software suite ready and experience in the process. We have begun work on the first few pages and it will be done well before the art. Shipping has been accounted for in the pledge levels already. Nathaniel has shipping and receiving experience and storage and transport are already worked out.
All of these are things we can control for. Doing the work is on us. Knowing that we have met our funding goals will certainly bolster our efforts (and egos) to finish this work we both love ahead of schedule.
Of course, while we can control ourselves, a third party publisher is outside our influence. Generally, our intended print on demand publisher delivers on time even for larger deliveries, but delays of a week or two are possible on their end. Additionally, there is always the chance that the circumstances may change and our price quotes could no longer be valid or we might incur other unforeseen costs. We have set the project's funding goal above our total projected costs by 10% to allow for overruns, and as we move beyond the initial goal and book costs decrease that expenses buffer will grow larger. Shipping is a common problem with kickstarter projects as well, and we have built in both the cost of shipping and a little room for overruns there as well. The higher pledge levels will also have an additional fee for the bulkier rewards. We will keep everyone up to date on our progress and the setbacks we run into via Kickstarter updates and periodic e-mails after the project is completed.
At the end of the day we have picked a goal we think is very realistic given our skill set, the financial projections from our third parties, and a little room for error.
Beyond that, it is on us. We will not disappoint.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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